True Cinematic Results

Hands-on with the Canon EOS C300, the ultimate camera for indie filmmakers

In the April issue of HDVideoPro, I wrote up a First Look on the new Canon EOS C300, Canon’s first professional large-sensor digital camera system. For the story, I profiled the specs and features of the camera, as well as getting a shooter’s perspective from filmmaker Jonathan Yi, one of the C300’s initial beta testers. As you probably... Read more

At A Glance: Swift JIB50

Fast to set up and easy to carry, the SWIFT JIB50 telescoping jib provides an affordable solution for overhead tracking, panning, tilting and crane-style movements

Available on its own or in total kit solutions that also package a remote head and tethered remote control of the system, the SWIFT JIB50 provides independent filmmakers with more possibilities for camera movements, the same kind of overhead shots that professional productions often create using expensive cranes and jibs. With motorized remote control... Read more

June 2012

Canon is welcoming new family members to the Cinema EOS line with two cameras capable of 4096×2160 resolution and four lenses.

CANON GOES 4K Canon is welcoming new family members to the Cinema EOS line with two cameras capable of 4096×2160 resolution and four lenses. Building on Canon’s first camera in the Cinema EOS system, the C300, the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL is planned as a professional camcorder and still shooter hybrid solution with 4K RAW capture and uncompressed... Read more
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The Long Goodbye

For movie exhibitors, the digital takeover is well underway

Mark Twain once wrote, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." In regard to shooting and exhibiting motion picture film, unfortunately, the rumors are quickly becoming true. And nowhere does the coming end of film as a significant distribution medium hit home harder than at your local movie theater. Sometime next year, chances... Read more

At A glance: The Variable ND Filter

A good solution for motion capture?

Capturing cinematic shallow depth of field is the main benefit in shooting with large CMOS sensors found on DSLRs and the latest crop of large-sensor camcorders. But with this advantage, you also have a steep learning curve in knowing how to achieve a cinematic look with a large-sensor camera. As many of you know, to maintain a cinematic look shooting... Read more

First Look: Canon C300

Canon releases its first large-sensor video camera for its new Cinema EOS line. With a number of professional features designed for motion picture capture, don’t call it a DSLR.

In recent years, no tool has changed the production industry as much as the DSLR. With the release of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II nearly three and a half years ago, Canon helped kickstart a filmmaking revolution that enabled low-budget (or no-budget) filmmakers to produce high-quality cinematic images for a fraction of the cost of a typical production.... Read more

Hands On With The Sony NEX-FS100U

A true digital motion-picture camera with a budget-friendly price

I first saw the Sony NEX-FS100U on a press excursion last year in Japan a week before the earthquake and tsunami hit. Although Sony did show us the prototype of the new 4K F65, the camera journalists literally were climbing over tables to get their first glimpse of the large-sensor video camera targeted toward indie filmmakers. The FS100U is a compact... Read more

April 2012

The user interface is intuitive with swipe gestures to convert units and timecode. For RED camera users, stereo and HDRx options can be calculated independently.

NIKON D800 With a massive 36.3-megapixel FX-full-frame-format CMOS sensor, the Nikon D800 adds a healthy set of video capabilities to its popular predecessor the D700 while offering a similar set of video features as Nikon’s flagship D4 DSLR at roughly half the retail price. With frame rates of 1080/30p/24p and 720/60p/30p, this is the... Read more

At A glance: Cross Over

The Manfrotto 502 Video Head

As we all know, rock-steady shots, as well as smooth pans and tilts, can easily separate your work from the non-pros. In the October 2010 issue of HDVideoPro, we reviewed the Manfrotto 504HD fluid head, which was Manfrotto’s first video head to use their patented Bridging Technology. With lightweight and compact large-sensor camcorders hitting... Read more

In-Depth Perception

3ality Technica and the Cameron | Pace Group lead the pack for high-end 3D production

2011 and 2012 give every appearance of being watershed years for 3D production. In the cinema market, it’s estimated that 50% of the 40,000 digital screens available worldwide are currently equipped to show 3D productions, while a new standard for active-shutter glasses will positively impact the home-viewing market. And it can’t be denied... Read more

At A Glance: Hang On To Your EF Lenses

Redrock Micro’s LiveLens MFT

The Panasonic AG-AF100 was the first large-sensor camcorder to hit the market, and because of its ability to capture full 1920×1080 HD to SD cards, 4⁄3-inch image sensor and relatively low price point ($4,995), the camera quickly became popular with indie filmmakers. Now that the video industry has shifted toward large CMOS sensors in hopes... Read more

Next-Gen Lighting

Let’s take a look at the latest offerings that expand and redefine LED lighting for 2012.

Users have gone LED crazy, and it seems as if the development of new tungsten, fluorescent and HMI lighting has been largely overshadowed by user demand for new forms of LED lighting. LEDs are typically smaller, weigh less, consume less power, give off far less heat, and are greener and more efficient than any other form of lighting used in television... Read more
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